Although security is super tight this year, arrests are mounting up at the first day of Nocturnal Wonderland festival at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore.
111 festival goers were arrested for various violations as they attempted to entered the festival area, including one person booked on suspicion of driving under the influence after the attendee crashed into a marked sheriff’s traffic unit working the event. During one arrest a sheriff’s deputy was injured and taken to a hospital. He was later released with minor injuries.
Officials with Nocturnal Wonderland promoters Live Nation and Insomniac, and the Sheriff’s Department tried to keep the problems outside the gates.
Vehicles entering the campgrounds – which are under video surveillance – were searched. Guests had to show identification proving they were at least 18 at one checkpoint, and their bags were searched for drugs, weapons and other prohibited items and their bodies patted down at another.
Once inside the gates, deputies handed out cards warning of the danger of the drug ecstasy.